Famous Paintings: Time is changing their colors

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‘The Scream’ Is Fading. New Research Reveals Why.
The art world is increasingly turning to scientific analysis of pigments to find out how time has changed some famous paintings.



Edvard Munch’s 1910 version of “The Scream” has been under the microscope to examine how its colors have faded, providing lessons about other paintings of the period.

Edvard Munch’s 1910 version of “The Scream” has been under the microscope to examine how its colors have faded, providing lessons about other paintings of the period.Credit...Sidsel de Jong/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images
By Sophie Haigney
  • Feb. 7, 2020, 10:45 a.m. ET
    • “The Scream” is fading. And tiny samples of paint from the 1910 version of Edvard Munch’s famous image of angst have been under the X-ray, the laser beam and even a high-powered electron microscope, as scientists have used cutting-edge technology to try to figure out why portions of the canvas that were a brilliant orangeish-yellow are now an ivory white.
 
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josephforthill

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You see this in other paintings as well. Some of the Van Gogh sunflower paintings are frankly, no longer attractive due to the color changes.
 
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